I was getting the jitters this morning as I contemplated next month’s marathon. I’ve promised my eleven-year-old grandson I’d write him a mystery story and thought that would be a great project to undertake for NaNoWriMo, but it wasn’t coming together in my mind. Yes, I’ve put bits and pieces of the story line together, but actually SOLVING the mystery – how to catch the crooks – isn’t there yet.
So shall I launch out with this story, or fall back on another that I’ve worked on over and over in my mind for the past few years, saving it for a marathon like this? Can you begin NaNoWriMo without seeing the ending of your book? Will the resolution of my mystery fall into place as I write?
There are days when I wish I had access to an ephod! Don’t you?
I Samuel Chapter 30:7-8
And David said to Abiathar the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod. And Abiathar brought thither the ephod to David. And David enquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
David got a straightforward answer. No doubt a lot of us wish the leaders of our country had access to an ephod when facing tough decisions. A wise, clear answer from the Lord would work wonders, wouldn’t it?
President Big-Cheese: “Lord, shall we invade Hong Kong?”
God: “Don’t you think you have enough troubles already? Stay home once.”
This morning as I thought of a plot for my novel, my eyes chanced to fall on part of a poem I wrote once about an old abandoned house and it occurred to me that would be a great place to begin. My setting started falling into place.
As to a suitable ending, it seemed not enough to have the crooks caught and thrown in jail. I asked myself, What good can come out of this mystery? How can you counteract greed and anger in a redemptive way? I’ve read some Christian-focused novels where everybody gets saved in the end but that seems a little unrealistic. I’ve read a few where the bad guy turns out to be a misunderstood good guy. But there ARE bad guys — yet some good needs to come out of this story of mine; some way of reaching out with grace, of offering help to victims, both bad and good.
Well, I didn’t get my answer from an ephod, but a thought dropped into my mind and I like it. I still have to catch the crooks, though.
The word count itself shouldn’t be a problem. My friend Tammy put her nose to the grindstone two years back and I think she wrote 50,000 words in ten days. But you have to have your story well mapped out ahead of time to accomplish that.
Anyone else writing a novel next month?